Conference. Vegetative Powers: Endowing Bodily Life from Late Antqiuity to the Early-Modern Period

Attendance is free of charge. To register please email Fabrizio Baldassarri.

Programme
Wednesday 12 September:
Location – Aula Archivio Antico, Palazzo del Bo
09.15 – Registration
09.30 – Welcome Address from Authorities of the University of Padua
“The Heart in the History of the University of Padua”, Gaetano Thiene

 

Session1 – The Vegetative Soul in Antiquity: Aristotle and Galen
10.00 – “Soul, Parts of Soul, and Vegetation in Aristotle” – Klaus Corcilius(Berkeley University)
10.30 – “
ὁμοίωσις φυτῷ in Galen: how our most fundamental capacities are plant-like” – Robert Vinkesteijn (Utrecht University)

 

11.00 – Coffee Break

Session2 – Scholastic Tradition, Renaissance Culture, and Chymical Knowledge

11.30 – “How to Explain Vegetative Powers of an Immaterial Soul?” – Martin Klein (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
12.00 – “Expanding the Parva Naturalia-Project: Albertus Magnus on Nutrition” – Roberto Lo Presti (Humboldt University Berlin)

12.30 – “Jesuit Vegetative Souls: Lessious and the Conimbricenses on men’s ‘lowest’ functions” – Cristiano Casalini (Boston University)

 

13.00 – Lunch Break

 

14.00 – “Towards the Elimination of the Anima Vegetativa: Some Intellectualistic Tendencies in the Jesuits Suárez and Arriaga” – Anna Tropia (Humboldt University Berlin)
14.30 – “Nicolas Taurellus on Forms, Vegetative Souls and the Question of Emergence” – Andreas Blank (Alpen-Adria University, Klagenfurt)
15.00 – “Generation and the Vegetative Soul: A ‘Hermetic’ Perspective from Marburg (1612)” – Elisabeth Moreau (Université Libre de Bruxelles/Radboud University Nijmegen)

 

15.30 – Coffee Break

Session3 – Early Modern Philosophical Investigations of the Vegetative Soul
16.00 – “Concoction, Transmutation, and Living Spirits: Francis Bacon’s Experiments with Artifical Life” – Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest University)
16.30 – “The Vegetative Functions of the Soul in Descartes’ Meditationesand the ordo rationis” – Igor Agostini (Università del Salento)
17.00 – “Marin Cureau de la Chambre’s Conception of the Vegetative Soul” – Balint Kekedi (Aberdeen University)

20.00 – Dinner

Thursday 13 September
Location: Aula Cagnetto (or Anfiteatro Morgagni), ex-Istituto di Anatomia Patologica

Session4 – Cartesianisms
09.00 – “The First Editions of L’Homme: Cartesian Scholars and the Vegetative Soul” – Fabrizio Baldassarri (HAB Wolfenbüttel/ Università di Padova)
09.30 – “Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz and the Question of the Negation of the Vegetative Soul in his Cartesian Manuscripts” – Emanuela Orlando(Università del Salento)

 

Session5 – English Philosophy
10.00 – “Re-Inventing the Vegetable Soul?
More’s Spirit of Nature and Cudworth’s Plastic Nature Reconsidered” – Sarah Hutton (University of York)

10.30 – Coffee Break

11.00 – “Plants and Brains: The Vegetative Soul and Its Links with the Imagination in Early Modern Medicine and Philosophy” – Guido Giglioni(Università di Macerata)

11.30 – “Margaret Cavendish on Vegetable Life” – Justin Begley (Helsinki University)

Session6 – 17th-Century Medical and Philosophical Interconnections

12.00 – “Vegetative Epistemology: the Cognitive Principles of Life in William Harvey and Francis Glisson” – Daniel Schmal (Pázmány Péter Catholic University)
12.30 – “An Alternative to the Vegetative Soul: Galen’s Natural Spirit in the Late 17th-Century Medical Conception of Digestive Functions” – Fabio Zampieri (Università di Padova)

13.00 – Lunch Break

14.00 – “A Way to Atheism? Pierre Bayle on Plastic Life” – Martine Pécharman (CNRS – Paris)

 

Session7 – 18th-Century: The Resurgence of the Vegetative Soul

15.00 – “The Notion of Vegetative Soul in the Leibniz-Stahl Controversy” – François Duchesneau (Université de Montreal)
15.30 – Coffee Break

16.00 – “Newton’s ‘Vegetative Spirit’” – Kirsten Walsh (Exeter University)
16.30 – “Beyond Structure: Vegetative Powers from Wolff to Hanov” – Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

20.00 – Dinner

 

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